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Fragile Quartet (Moore / Fraanje / van der Feen / Hemingway): Cretan Dialogues (Ramboy)

If fragile means a thoughtful album of improvisation with a lyrical intention and sophisticated playing, then reedist Michael Moore's quartet with Harmen Fraanje on piano, Clemens van der Feen on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on drums & percussion shows a sublimely muscular fragilility in a lovely and extremely intelligent modern jazz album of embraceable and exemplary work.
 

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UPC: 5902249002255

Label: Ramboy
Catalog ID: 35
Squidco Product Code: 29472

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Splendor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on February 13th and 14th, 2019, by Marc Schots.


Personnel:

Michael Moore-alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, melodica

Harmen Fraanje-piano

Clemens van der Feen-bass

Gerry Hemingway-drums, percussion

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"Michael Moore was born (1954) and raised in Arcata, California, USA. After absorbing music at home, playing locally and attending The College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, he moved to Boston to study with Jaki Byard, Gunther Schuller, Ran Blake, Joe Allard, George Russell and Joe Maneri at the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1977. After a year in New York City he travelled to Europe for the first time in the summer of 1978 to play with Available Jelly, the musical accompaniment to the Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe. Since 1982 he has made his home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The early '80's found him working in the theater (Baal, Dogtroep, De Voorziening, Teo Joling, Mug met de Gouden Tand) and dance (Pauline De Groot, Katie Duck, Allessandro Certini, Shusaku Takeuchi and Virgilio Sieni) as well as various musical contexts such as Gijs Hendricks' Octet, Franky Douglas' Sunchild, Guus Janssen's Septet and Maarten Altena's Quartet and Octet. Later he played and recorded with the groups of Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Sean Bergin, Maurice Horsthuis, Georg Graewe, Klaus Konig, Burton Greene (Klezmokum), Simon Nabatov, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Ig Henneman and others.

In 1986 he received the Dutch jazz award, the Boy Edgar Prijs. In '97 Trio Clusone was voted #1 acoustic group (Talent Deserving Wider Recognition) in Down Beat's Critics Poll; in 2000 - 2002 Moore was voted #1 clarinetist in the same poll. He was also voted winner of the Bird Award from the Northsea Jazz Fest in 2000.

Since '91 his activities as composer and performer have been documented both on his own recording label, Ramboy, and others including hatART, Palmetto, Gramavision, Between the Lines and Red Toucan. His playing and writing are to be heard on more than 80 CDs.

His activities as a concert designer came to the fore in '93 with a commission for YoYo Ma's Carte Blanche at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; a three day festival (Moore & more) in Bremen, Germany; Clusone & friends concerts in Italy and Holland, and a three-day Available Jelly Festival at the Felix Meritus concert hall in Amsterdam. In '94 he organized three evenings at De Singel in Antwerpen with Lee Konitz, Misha Mengelberg, Joey Baron, Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Feldman and others.

His more recent activities include performances with his 'Fragile' Quartet, Michael Moore Quintet, Jewels & Binoculars - play the music of Bob Dylan, Misha Mengelberg's Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, the Magpie dance and music performance group, the Achim Kaufmann Trio, Benoit Delbecq, Oskar Aichinger (music of Carla Bley and Annette Peacock) and the Paul Berner band.

Michael Moore has a deep understanding of both the American jazz and the Dutch improvised music traditions, but his writing and playing are also influenced by music from other cultures. He has played Turkish music with Ogüz Büyükberber and Hüsnü Senlendirici, Malinese with Toumani Diabate, Keletigui Diabate and Habib Koite, Portuguese with Fernando Lameirinhas and Cristina Branco, and Brazilian with Rogerio Bicudo, Banda Mantiqueira and Paulo Moura. The musics of Sicily, Madagascar, Istria and Indonesia have also been particularly influential. He has collaborated with and been influenced by poets and poetry, dancers and other visual artists. Michael continues to write, improvise, play and prepare new releases for Ramboy and other labels."

-Ramboy (http://www.ramboyrecordings.com/mm.htm)
9/16/2020

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"Harmen Fraanje is a pianist, composer and educator from the Netherlands.He leads and co-leads several projects like his solo project, trio Reijseger Fraanje Sylla, a quartet with Magic Malik, Brice Soniano and Toma Gouband, a new duo with Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen, a trio with Finnish musicians Aino Peltomaa on voice and Mikko Perkola on viola da gamba and a duo with Dutch guitarist Anton Goudsmit. These groups mostly perform original works with a lot of space for improvisation.

Harmen is also very active as a sideman in various projects in the European jazz scene, like the Mats Eilertsen Trio and Michael Moore's Fragile Quartet. With these projects he frequently performs at festivals and concert venues throughout the world. Recordings of the projects he's involved in have been released by renowned record labels like ECM, Winter & Winter, Hubro Music, Challenge Jazz...Furthermore Harmen founded the label / platform 'Astropi' with Brice Soniano and Toma Gouband.

Harmen collaborated with the likes of Ambrose Akinmusire, Mark Turner, Kenny Wheeler, Arve Henriksen, Thomas Morgan, Tony Malaby, Han Bennink, Ernst Reijseger, Trygve Seim, Jesse van Ruller, Magic Malik, Nelson Veras, Theo Bleckmann, Ben Monder, Enrico Rava, Werner Herzog, Trio Mediaeval, Hein van de Geyn, Perico Sambeat, Igor Roma, Louis Moholo, Ferenc Kovács, Rudi Mahall, Cristina Branco.

Harmen is in the faculty of the Conservatory of Amsterdam / University of the Arts Amsterdam. He is frequently invited to give workshops and masterclasses at other conservatories throughout the world."

-Harmen Fraanje Website (https://harmenfraanje.com/)
9/16/2020

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"After some occasional drumming on various items, Clemens (1980) began singing and playing bass in the band of his older brothers (the Feenbrothers) at the age of eleven. Later on, he studied jazz and classical bass at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Detmold (Germany) and received his Master Degree in both fields with honors.

After playing with orchestras like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, he got back into studying and playing jazz and improvised music mainly. For that reason he lived in New York for a while to take private lessons with Ben Street and John Pattituci, among others.

In 2010 Clemens started the Clemens van der Feen Band, resulting in an album called "High Places" (2011), with as special guest the great Toots Thielemans! The year 2013 saw the birth of yet a new band, the Clemens van der Feen 4tet, and a new album: "14PM" which was called " one of the highlights of Dutch contemporary jazz..." by Jazzism Magazine.

Clemens is currently working with Tutu Puoane (SA), Dré Pallemaerts 'Seva' feat. Sebastian Gille and Pablo Held (BE/GER/NL), the Michael Moore Quartet feat. Harmen Fraanje and Gerry Hemingway (US/NL), 'Medusa Beats' featuring Jonas Burgwinkel (DE) and Benoît Delbecq (FR), the Paul Lay Trio (FR), Robin Verheyen (BE), Octurn (BE/FR), Franz von Chossy (DE/NL) and every now and then with classical groups like the New Dutch Academy, The Dutch Wind Ensemble (NBE) and the Grammy Award winning orchestra LUDWIG. In days gone by, Clemens has performed with many great international musicians such as the late Toots Thielemans, Tony Malaby, Chris Potter, Nelson Veras, Becca Stevens & Billy Hart.

Clemens has been playing all over the world, from jazz clubs in Paris and Tokyo to the Musikverein in Vienna and Carnegie Hall in New York. Clemens plays on a double bass from the collection of the NMF."

-Clemens van der Feen Website (http://clemensvanderfeen.com/biography/)
9/16/2020

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"Gerry Hemingway has led a number of quartet and quintets since the mid 1980's. In addition he has been a member of a wide array of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, the GRH trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Michel Wintsch and Bänz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, and others. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as being noted for his innovative and multifaceted work as a solo performer which began in 1974. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with some of the world's most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009."

-Gerry Hemingway Website (http://www.gerryhemingway.com)
9/16/2020

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track listing:


1. Lolapalooza 4:47

2. Fenix Blue 6:52

3. The Meliae 4:06

4. Europa 3:47

5. Doldrums 3:28

6. Leaving Paleochora 3:53

7. Euginia Uniflora 4:32

8. Pussy Willow 2:58

9. Content (For Saul Leiter) 4:14

10. Faint Of Heart 5:15

11. A Little Box Of Jazz 2:43

12. Klee 2:59

13. Rola-Turca 3:37

14. Slowly Slowly 1:48
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A gracefully energetic album of original compositions from Amsterdam reedist Michael Moore, performed with Michael Moore on alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, melodica, Harmen Fraanje on piano, Clemens van der Feen on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on drums & percussion. Though "fragile" may imply a certain level of delicay, the quartet break the bonds of fragility often with quietly muscular playing, quick runs that never become histrionic, and incredible technical skill and conversational ability. Moore's compositions are cleverly spacious, yielding great moments of detailed interplay, and room for sublime soloing.

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